Why Foundation Repair Is Important
When foundation problems are caught early, oftentimes you will not need a new foundation. But foundation repair is a necessary home maintenance because breaks can occur in your foundation due to prior earth movement, age, soil conditions, or even poor drainage. When left unchecked and uncorrected, these breaks in the foundation and stem wall can lead to additional cost and, in many cases, pose a risk to your structure. At Julian Construction, Inc. we can repair the cracks often with a strap, epoxy injection or a pad known as an underpin, making yours a safer home.
Julian Construction understands the stress and fear that earthquakes and seismic activity can cause. It is alarming when a sudden earthquake hits, leaving nothing in the process but loss and damage. That’s why, at Julian Construction, we want to help you take the necessary steps to protect your home or income property.
Foundation repair is not only affordable for Southern California homeowners and apartment owners, it’s necessary. Thanks to our extensive experience and knowledge of foundations and earthquake reinforcement systems, we’re able to install seismic solutions, at the lowest price possible.
We have performed over 30,000 foundation inspections, and Julian Construction is the largest and most trustworthy foundation company in the Los Angeles area.
What you need to know about your home foundation:
Foundations deteriorate for a number of reasons and need to be repaired to maintain the integrity of the structure. A Foundation Expert is needed because, while some symptoms are visible, foundation damage and/or deterioration varies from home to home. Our foundation experts have years of experience assessing foundation damage. We focus on correct solutions to making yours a safer home.
Symptoms alone do not tell enough about why these problems have occurred and why they exist today — a Julian Construction Foundation Specialist, however, will. After all, Foundation Repair is exactly what we have been doing for 20 years!
A safe home is one that has enough strength to withstand the shaking forces of an earthquake. By securely bolting your house or structure to a solid concrete foundation, and by proper attachment of the floor system of your structure to resist earthquake shaking, the chances of your home withstanding the next earthquake greatly increase.
Some homes also have a wood framed foundation, known as a cripple wall. This structure carries the weight of the house, and, if not properly strengthened, can collapse under pressure (hence the name “cripple wall”).
During an earthquake, cripple walls that are not strengthened or sheared can shift, causing the house to fall or collapse — stucco or siding on the outside is not enough for the home to not shift.
Sister foundations are one of the more common ways of repairing masonry and stone foundations, and often used on historic structures due to preservation of its original appearance.
A Sister foundation is a foundation built inside the existing, but weak foundation in order to reinforce it without having to perform a removal of the old. To add a Sister Foundation to the existing one, we start by digging a trench next to the current foundation, after which, pockets are formed in the old foundation in order to attach the Sister foundation to the old foundation. Then rebar is added, then wood frames and finally the concrete is poured. The newly constructed Sister foundation is strong and sturdy, which will hold the weight of the house instead of the old and weak foundation.
Masonry and stone foundations, that are old and weak are very dangerous to everyone in the home, in the event of seismic activity or even heavy downpours. In many cases old or weak foundations will start to cause cracks in the walls. But weak masonry or stone foundation will easily breakdown and cause total destruction of the property. The first line of defense is a strong and durable foundation.
Julian Construction offers expert solutions for all types of foundation repair. We take care of everything, from planning to the permitting process. The installation will ensure that your foundation is reinforced and properly protected, giving you the peace of mind you need.